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« Thread started on: Jul 22nd, 2015, 10:36am »

Time to take this out of the 'jazz' thread.

If you were peeking into the jazz thread lately you may have noticed a short feedback I left on getting Esperanza's Spalding album "Junjo". I bought it in the store the same day I ordered "Radio Music Society". That album arrived today and I am listening to it right now and yes, I enjoy it a lot. smiley

But first a few words on "Junjo", her first album: as I said in the jazz thread, I found this album not very accessible. It is a jazz trio album - double bass, piano, drums, with additional scat vocals by the lady herself - and for my liking it gets all too close to free jazz, so dissonant and atonal is what the pianist contributes at least.

Now, "Radio Music Society" - fourth and yet latest album - is so different you can't believe this is still the same artist. This is not a jazz album. This music probably is called 'new soul' these days: some mixture of soul, funk, and jazz, relaxing, easy to listen to, still musicwise highly demanding. Let Erykah Badu's band jam with Jamiroquai and get Donald Fagen and Walter Becker as producers, and you will get this (with a better singer than Badu as well as that Jay Kay).

I pre-listened a little more through what I could find of the remaining two albums. As far as I can judge, "Esperanza" (2nd album) seems to be the one which is still recorded primarily with acoustic instruments, thus closer to her jazz roots, but already moving heavily towards songs like on "Radio Music Society" - it might even be the best album. "Chamber Music Society" (3rd album) seems to be the experimental one, more intellectual, playing with classical music influences. When I have all the albums I will leave more reviews. wink
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